Report: Lakers ‘long shot’ to land LeBron

Cavaliers star LeBron James will become a free agent at the end of the season.

LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency this offseason is a “long shot,” ESPN wrote Thursday, citing sources.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star will be a free agent at the end of the season and while no team is completely out of the running, perhaps none has as good of a chance to sign him as the Cavs.

Per ESPN:

“It is a delicious fantasy. And yet, in the modern NBA, where superstars change teams and seismic shifts in power seem to shake the league every summer, it’s certainly not impossible. Lakers history is filled with similar feats of engineering, most recently in 2008, when they plucked Pau Gasol away from Memphis to team with an in-his-prime Kobe Bryant for two NBA championships.

“So imagining James’ last act coming in purple and gold isn’t without basis. But as of now, it’s also a long shot, according to league sources. Still, expect the atmosphere, and the intrigue, to be as thick as the winter storm battering Cleveland when the Lakers and Cavaliers play Thursday night.”

Either way, until James announces where he will sign, the rumors will swirl and the Lakers (and others) will hold out hope.

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